Blount carried 12 times for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Giants. A week after he did not carry the ball, Blount ran hard en route to a solid 5.6 yards per carry. He was especially effective on a 90-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, piling up 39 yards before capping it off with a one-yard plunge into the end zone. Darren Sproles left the game because of an injury, leaving Blount and Wendell Smallwood to share the load with Corey Clement. It remains to be seen how the backfield touches are divvied up next week against the Chargers, but Blount should be involved and stands as good a chance as any of the backs of getting into the end zone.
Blount's lack of usage in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Chiefs was due to game flow, Andrew Kulp of CSN Philadelphia reports. Blount saw just six offensive snaps in the contest, far fewer than Darren Sproles (50) and even Wendell Smallwood (14). Head coach Doug Pederson claimed his team found it difficult to run the ball with seven or eight men frequently in the box and also in a lot of passing situations for which the other backs were more suited. The plan coming into the game was also a factor, as the Eagles wanted to attack the Chiefs' man coverage down the field. Nevertheless, Pederson reiterated his confidence in Blount and that the burly back still has a role with the team. Despite the vote of confidence, it'll be hard to trust the 31-year-old running back until Philadelphia commits to its running game more consistently.
Blount received no carries and caught his only target for no gain in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Chiefs. Though he led the team in carries in Week 1, Blount took a back seat as Darren Sproles headed the rushing attack with Wendell Smallwood mixed in. It is unclear if Blount is injured or has been disciplined by the team for any reason, but until any possible details emerge, this performance should be attributed to the game plan for the week. As such, it's difficult to justify starting Blount in fantasy lineups until some sort of clarity regarding the backfield situation is achieved.
Blount carried 14 times for 46 yards in Sunday's 30-17 win over the Redskins. He also turned his only target into a one-yard receiving touchdown. Blount couldn't grind out much on the ground against an improved Washington front, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a short touchdown grab in the second quarter. More encouraging for Blount was the fact that Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles combined for just six yards on six carries. The duo will handle the majority of the work in passing situations this season, but Blount remains the lead back heading into next Sunday's road matchup with the Chiefs.
Blount is listed atop the Eagles' first depth chart of the regular season. There were some murmurs that Blount's roster spot might be in danger due to his preseason struggles in combination with the emergence of undrafted rookie Corey Clement. The Eagles ended up keeping five running backs, with Blount followed on the depth chart by Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Donnel Pumphrey and Clement. Eagles coach Doug Pederson hinted at a committee when speaking to the media Monday, saying carries will be dictated by the game plan and situation, according to Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||New York Giants||11||13.00|
|4||10/01||@Los Angeles Chargers||8||12.00|
|8||10/29||San Francisco 49ers||27||22.00|
|14||12/10||@Los Angeles Rams||30||27.00|
|15||12/17||@New York Giants||11||13.00|
|3 Year Avg||196||804||10||8||45||0||144|